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New Delhi, Jun 24 (PTI) These are the top stories from the northern region at 5.30 pm.

DES23 UP-RAPE-VICTIM-BJP Change BJP candidate for zila panchayat chief’s post, demands Unnao rape victim Unnao (UP): The Unnao rape victim has written to the President, prime minister and the Uttar Pradesh CM, demanding that the BJP change its candidate for the post of the zila panchayat chairman here as he is 'very close' to jailed former MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

DEL11 PRIYANKA-UP-WHEAT PROCUREMENT Procure maximum wheat from farmers: Priyanka Gandhi to Uttar Pradesh govt New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday urged the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure maximum procurement of wheat from farmers, saying if steps were not taken for it the produce would be ruined due to rain.

DES24 UP-VIRUS-CASES Covid: UP records 32 more deaths, 229 new cases Lucknow: The COVID-19 death toll in Uttar Pradesh rose to 22,368 on Thursday with 32 more fatalities, while 229 new cases pushed the infection tally to 17,05,012, an official said.

DEL12 NCR-TWITTER-PROBE Ghaziabad assault case: Twitter India MD expected to join probe Ghaziabad: Twitter India's Managing Director Manish Maheshwari is expected to appear in person before the Ghaziabad Police on Thursday in connection with a probe related to the assault of an elderly Muslim man here recently, officials said.

LGD4 UKD-HC-TESTING Covid testing scam: Uttarakhand HC grants protection to accused from arbitrary arrest Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has granted protection to executives of Max Corporate Services from arbitrary arrest in connection with the alleged fake Covid testing scam during the Haridwar Kumbh Mela and asked the agency to join the investigation.

DES28 PB-MLA-SON-JOB Has declined govt job offer to son: Congress MLA Chandigarh: Under fire from some party colleagues and the Opposition, Congress MLA Fatehjang Singh Bajwa on Thursday broke his silence, saying he has declined the government job offer for his son.

DES10 UKD-AIIMS VIRUS AIIMS, Rishikesh gears up for third wave with children in mind Rishikesh: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences here is imparting special training to its nursing staff and creating a separate 100-bed Covid ward for children in view of the possibility of the third wave of coronavirus.

DES25 RJ-SAUDI-WORKERS RETURN 2 Indian workers held captive by employer in Saudi Arabia return home Kota (Rajasthan): Two Indian workers, who alleged that they were held captive by their employer in Yanbu city of Saudi Arabia for months after their work agreement expired, returned to Rajasthan on Thursday. PTI RDK RDK

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